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post #1 of 7 Old 01-20-2020, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Blanketed Horse Pooping on Himself

I have two horses. One is a QH/Mustang mare (9 yrs) and the old gelding (30+) is an Arab. They both wear the same brand/style blanket. The mare never has this problem. The old boy, he of the high-flung tail, just can't seem to avoid getting manure on himself. I clean him at least twice a day. He doesn't seem to have this problem in the summer. The blanket fits perfectly and there is plenty of room for him to raise his tail; in fact he is perfectly capable of raising it when he is just excited and running around. Is there a solution for this problem or just something we have to live with?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-20-2020, 10:31 PM
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I'm going to follow this because I've never seen a horses with that problem. Granted, horses aren't blanketed very often in my world.

Does he need a cutaway opening for his tail?
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-22-2020, 11:41 AM
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I cut out that tail cover thing. Had that problem and that's how I solved it.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-22-2020, 11:55 AM
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If your blanket has a tail flap it is restricting his ability to raise his tail over his back quick enough, hence a poopy butt.
If this is a t/o style I would be hesitant to cut off the flap completely but I might snip the sides some so it not be so "fitted"...
Realize when a horse is pooping they also raise their backs and fill the outline of the blanket far more than when they are galloping around in a field blanketed.
Filling the outline, how the blanket is cut may also restrict just enough the horse can't raise their tail...
Try snipping carefully about half that tail-flap length and see if that works yet still give winde protection to the animal from cold breeze up the tush happening...brrr.
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-22-2020, 12:12 PM
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I have two horses. One is a QH/Mustang mare (9 yrs) and the old gelding (30+) is an Arab. They both wear the same brand/style blanket. The mare never has this problem. The old boy, he of the high-flung tail, just can't seem to avoid getting manure on himself. I clean him at least twice a day. He doesn't seem to have this problem in the summer. The blanket fits perfectly and there is plenty of room for him to raise his tail; in fact he is perfectly capable of raising it when he is just excited and running around. Is there a solution for this problem or just something we have to live with?
Is the manure formed like normal? At 30 it is likely to be a digestion problem rather than a blanket problem.

There is a long time member with this problem, you might get some info that helps if you read the thread.

Here is the link https://www.horseforum.com/horse-hea...-again-811471/
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-22-2020, 09:51 PM
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I would not cut or otherwise alter tail flap on blanket. You cut off both sides of it. It's going to come apart in time there is pipping or whatever along the edges of tail flap.

It will fray tear all along where it was cut. My gelding has poop in his tail on his legs. He's blanketed with a turnout blanket. I wouldn't even consider altering tail flap.

I'll wash him off daily if need be,but not cutting up tail flaps on my blankets.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-23-2020, 11:34 AM
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If you do decide to cut away the tail flap, you can use a match or lighter to "fix" the polyester/nylon threads along the piping so it doesn't ravel. Just run it carefully along the edge until the threads are sealing; you can tell because then they become hard to the touch.
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